Tonight at the DeKalb County School Board meeting, Mr. Thurmond, superintendent, announced a plan to give teachers up to a 4% raise in the FY16 budget, which is now being built.
Although that is good news – especially after the cuts teachers have endured over the past 7 years, including the decision to forgo making promised contributions to their retirement annuities in lieu of Social Security, it hides the truth regarding the enormous 200-400% increases in administrative salary costs over the last several years. We compiled some detailed research regarding those declines in teachers’ pay and compared them to the vast increases in administrative salaries during the same time period.
The line graph below tells the story. As you can see, regardless of the ‘good news’ that teachers will finally receive a long overdue raise, there is still plenty of room to make cuts to administration, and move that spending back into the classroom where it belongs.